Peter Barakan

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Peter Barakan
Born (1951-08-20) August 20, 1951 (age 66)
London, United Kingdom
Occupation Broadcaster, author, music critic
Subject Music, Japanese culture

Peter Barakan is an English born Japanese DJ and broadcaster, the host of "Barakan Beat" on InterFM.[1][2] He also hosts the series Begin Japanology and Japanology Plus on NHK World, which introduces various aspects of Japanese culture.[3]


Peter Barakan was born and raised in London by a Jewish father of Polish ancestry and an Anglo-Burmese mother. After attending SOAS, University of London, Barakan entered the music industry as a clerk, and in 1974 moved to Japan to continue his career. He wrote lyrics and handled international marketing for the Japanese band Yellow Magic Orchestra.[1] His younger brother is musician Shane Fontayne.[citation needed]

He hosted the TBS program CBS Document beginning in October 1988,[1] a Japanese edition of 60 Minutes.[4] He hosted the 3-hour Barakan Morning on InterFM radio as late as 2011.[5][6] During the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Barakan was prevented from playing a nuclear protest song, because it could "'create fuhyo higai, which means 'damage from rumors.'"[7] In 2012, Barakan led a U.N. sponsored multi-city mayoral panel discussion on community rebuilding following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Matsutani, Minoru (2012-02-17). "Job taken on a whim leads to 35 years in Tokyo". The Japan Times Online. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Barakan Beat". Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  3. ^ "BEGIN Japanology". NHK World TV. 2012-09-07. Archived from the original on 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  4. ^ Betros, Chris (Issue 528). "IN PERSON - Voice of reason". Metropolis Tokyo. Retrieved 2012-09-09.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Barakan Morning". InterFM 76.1 FM. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Are You Ready to Stage a Media Coup?". Media Techtonics. August 13, 2010.
  7. ^ Grunebaum, Dan (2011-07-01). "Japan's new wave of protest songs ; YouTube is the medium when artists speak out against nuclear power". International Herald Tribune (HighBeam Research). Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  8. ^ "City Leaders discuss Tohoku's future after tsunami". U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) (HighBeam Research). States News Service. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 

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